Rangeway Primary School has joined the SHINE program to improve the academic outcomes of its female students.
SHINE, which also operates in Champion Bay Senior High School and Northampton District High School, and will soon open at Mount Magnet District High School, is a salon for school-aged girls.
The program uses hairdressing and beauty education to encourage girls to go to school, improve their sense of self-worth and open up about what is troubling them in their lives.
SHINE director Mandy Jolley said she had partnered with Rangeway Primary School to build a “wellness centre” so the program could begin engaging girls from primary school age through to graduation.
“It’s so we can have a continuing sisterhood where they form long-lasting friendships and help each other with their personal family issues,” Ms Jolley said.
“This creates consistency for them and sees them through to employment.”
Rangeway principal Dean Vose said students who had had their basic social and emotional needs met, including self-pride, a sense of belonging and positive peer relationships, were far more likely to improve academically.
“They are more likely to accept new challenges in their learning, they have more confidence to take risks and try new things, they have more perseverance and resilience to stick with challenges, and they are more likely to support each other when facing difficulties,” he said.
The SHINE program, which has about 100 students enrolled in the region, is known as SHIMMER at Rangeway Primary School.
Bunnings and the Department of Justice’s Nick Austin created the program’s outdoor space.